PLANNING NEWS – Planning permission achieved at Nevill Holt Opera due to open next month

planning permission, theatre, arts, nevill holt, market harboroughWe are thrilled to share news that the construction of a new opera house, which Rural Solutions achieved planning permission for, at the Nevill Holt Opera site in Market Harborough is underway and due for completion next month with the first performance taking place on 14th June.

The new 400 seat theatre is now rapidly taking shape, to designs by Stirling Prize winners Witherford Watson Mann.

This new theatre design is concealed completely within the Grade II* listed Nevill Holt stable courtyard and will not visible at all from the house and gardens. The stage is positioned at ground level with a large roof light at the centre of the ceiling, brilliantly maintaining the luminous, external atmosphere.

A new balcony in curved wood will be supported on fine steel columns, set slightly apart from the historic walls, with the proscenium panels hinged so that the space can be opened up for concerts or events.

For years, audiences at Nevill Holt have willingly made the best of a tarpaulin and scaffolding structure, fitted up to enclose the 18th Century courtyard.

The client said, ‘Our new Theatre will bring a special intimacy to Nevill Holt Opera. New structures will entwine harmoniously with warm historic stone walls. We will achieve greater technical quality while cherishing the direct, rustic feel that makes this extraordinary setting for an opera house so special.’

Our rural planning experts at Rural Solutions took on the exciting and ambitious project to achieve permission at this infamous and delicate site ensuring a detailed and effective pre-application consultation process.  Coordinating the inputs of the District Council (Planning, Conservation, Ecology), the County Council (Archaeology) and Historic England in the pre-application process.

Director of planning, Duncan Hartley who worked on the project says “We had to ensure the final submitted scheme met the client’s desires whilst also meeting the relevant requirements of the consultees.  The subsequent applications were determined promptly and under the Council’s scheme of delegation.  An entirely collaborative approach was undertaken by all parties.

“The scheme will also provide 40 full and part jobs for the local area. A great further benefit to this exciting project”.

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